The Optimists

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China Plate’s unique training opportunity for emerging theatre makers and producers.

“The knowledge, guidance, and resources (given) over the complete course are simply amazing. I have grown as an artist, producer, and all-round theatre-maker, and learned a plethora of transferable skills along the way.” – Optimists Alumni

Are you an emerging producer or theatre-maker hoping to develop your professional producing skills in the subsidised theatre sector?

The Optimists offers an introduction to the craft of producing theatre in a professional context and building professional networks by de-mystifying the financial, administrative and organisational aspects of producing. Drawing on China Plate’s extensive experience and real examples, the Optimists provides knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring and promoting your work.

“The Optimists is invaluable for anyone wanting to navigate the arts industry. I have learned more than I could imagine possible and met so many inspiring (and very useful!) contacts.” – Optimist Alumni.

The Optimists course is led by China Plate, with the support of guest industry experts and speakers.

We’ll be launching our Spring 2023 course soon. Please check back here, and on our Opportunities page for further information, sign up to our newsletter and/or follow our social media channels.

If you have any questions, please email our Training & Development Producer Kristina Hall on [email protected]

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The Optimists Spring 2023 Course

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LAUNCHING SOON!

In Spring 2023, our Optimists programme will be delivered online and in-person.

The course is suitable for emerging producers, administrators, artists, creative practitioners, etc who are hoping to develop their skills as professional producers, or as a producer of their own work, in the subsidised arts sector.

The Optimists comprises ten sessions, taking place (online and in person) over 10 weeks for 20 participants.

Topics will include:

  • New ideas and how to articulate them
  • Expenditure
  • Income
  • Fundraising: including Arts Council England, trusts and foundations and other sources
  • Administration: budgets, contracts, company setup & general management
  • Working inclusively and Access
  • Audiences and how to reach them
  • Venues: getting through door

Bursaries covering the cost of the course will be available to those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to their ethnicity, disability, D/deafness, gender identity or socio-economic background.

Full details including course dates, costs, eligibility and application guidance to be announced soon – please check back here, and on our Opportunities page for further information, sign up to our newsletter and/or follow our social media channels.

If you have any questions, please contact our Training & Development Producer Kristina Hall on [email protected]

Image: The 2018 Optimists cohort